An article by TechTarget compares the leading enterprise network monitoring tools in terms of licensing, support and maintenance options designed for medium and larger network environments.

See how Entuity fares against CA Spectrum, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Network Node Manager, IBM Tivoli Network Manager and SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor.

The Challenge of Enterprise Network Monitoring

No enterprise can function efficiently without the use of network availability monitoring tools. Assessing and troubleshooting network devices to ensure their availability is a fundamental requirement in today’s data centers — especially as demand for always-accessible applications and services continues to build.

Although no one tool fits every network, understanding your organization’s requirements and the complexity of your network will help determine which availability monitoring tools will offer the most benefit. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of tools that address networks of all sizes — from the smallest of businesses to very large organizations and service providers.

Review of Entuity Network Management

Entuity Network Management is a unified availability monitoring system that’s designed to serve medium to large enterprises. BMC Software resells this product as the network monitoring component of its business service management suite.

Entuity can automatically discover and collect a wide range of information on network devices, including SNMP, syslog, Link Layer Discovery Protocol, flow and quality of service. It automatically performs periodic scans to discover any new devices added to the network. It will also discover some non-networking equipment, although it’s primarily sold as a network monitoring system. It can also discover and monitor virtual infrastructure, including VMware, Oracle, and Microsoft hypervisors and underlying virtual switches, as well as Cisco’s physical and virtual line of Nexus switches.

Entuity automatically builds a topology map with the devices it discovers, monitors network faults and performance, and offers reporting on all the data it collects and monitors. It has built-in inventory and asset management features, and it monitors configuration changes, providing alerts for out-of-policy changes.

The product offers an embedded and customizable event management system that performs root-cause analysis to organize alarms into aggregated incidents. Unresolved incidents can automatically trigger escalations to ensure important alarms aren’t ignored.

Entuity’s web-based management console enables non-IT users to create portals into the system. These portals are useful for IT-business alignment and for managed service providers that want to give customers visibility into services they provide. Entuity reporting capabilities can be customized via a collection of wizards, templates and scripts.

The product’s Integrated Flow Analyzer collects and analyzes network flow records, including NetFlow and IPFIX to monitor network traffic flows. The free version of this feature can collect and analyze up to two hours of flows in five-minute aggregates, or 35 days of flows in daily aggregates. A premium version offers one-minute flow monitoring intervals with advanced features.

With version 16.5, introduced in fall 2016, Entuity introduced SurePath, a network path analysis tool that automatically discovers the network path between any two devices and displays a hop-by-hop topology map of the path. SurePath integrates with Entuity Network Management, giving customers a visual tool for optimizing and troubleshooting network devices they monitor with the company’s network availability monitoring product.

Entuity offers a fully featured 30-day free trial of its software. The company offers both device- and object-based licensing. It sells a perpetual license with maintenance and a subscription-based license. The product installs on a single server with its database and polling engines fully embedded. It can also be installed as a virtual machine on a hypervisor.

Entuity Network Management is designed to scale up for very large networks, and customers aren’t charged extra license fees if they add servers to scale out a deployment. The product integrates with several third-party event management products and IT infrastructure management software from BMC, Oracle, IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Entuity products can be purchased through registered resellers.

Entuity offers optional professional services, as well as live and online training and certifications on its products.

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